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Industry collaboration to develop guidance on the safe use of Ammonia as a fuel

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Lloyd’s Register Maritime Decarbonisation Hub and the Mærsk?Mc-Kinney?Møller?Center for Zero Carbon Shipping form new project with A.P. Moller-Maersk, MAN Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NYK Line and Total to support shipping’s transition to zero-carbon.

The Lloyd’s Register Maritime Decarbonisation Hub?and the?Mærsk?Mc-Kinney?Møller?Center for Zero Carbon Shipping have joined?forces in a new project to develop?guidance around?the?safe use of?Ammonia as a fuel to support the shipping industry’s?drive towards a?decarbonised?future.?Industry partners involved in the project include A.P. Moller-Maersk, MAN Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NYK Line and Total.

Ammonia as a fuel is heavily debated as a?suitable long-term?solution for?maritime?as the industry transitions?towards a zero- or low carbon value chain.?Green ammonia can be produced from renewable power by electrolysis of H2O, ultimately making it?a zero-carbon fuel.?However, due to the extreme toxicity of?the fuel, it is?critical?to address the safety issues of Ammonia?in order?to mitigate?risks?to?people, assets?and the environment.??

The overarching purpose of the project is to understand and guide?the?safe use of?Ammonia as a fuel on board ships.?Part of this will include developing?a mature?and?detailed understanding of risk and safety concerns, which will be?assessed?through?a Quantitative Risk Assessment methodology?in?phase one of the project.?This will?ultimately?lead?to?the development of?best?practices for safeguards in design?and?arrangements?when using?Ammonia as a shipping fuel.????

The project will?also?determine the risk of fatality from unintended releases of?Ammonia, as well as determine the risk?contribution of key equipment and spaces dedicated to?Ammonia storage.?To illustrate the potential for risk mitigation?measures, the project partners will?assess alternate?vessel designs, optimised to be?fuelled?by Ammonia.?

Funded by the?participating partners,?the project will be?managed by the Mærsk?Mc-Kinney?Møller?Center for Zero Carbon Shipping?and?is?expected to run?throughout?2021.?

“In the eagerness to?decarbonise?the shipping sector, proper risk management is?critical?and safety must not become an afterthought. This project will provide matured understanding?of safety risk enabling?industry guidance?towards?future?safeguard?design and adequate?operational?guidelines. Enabling?safe?and adequate?deployment?of ammonia as marine fuel” said?Claus Winter?Graugaard, Head of Onboard Vessel Solutions, the?Mærsk?Mc-Kinney?Møller?Center for Zero Carbon Shipping.??

Commenting on the new project,?Lloyd’s Register?Decarbonisation Programme Manager, Charles Haskell?said:?“Shipping needs collaboration if the industry is to successfully meet the IMO 2050 targets, and this collaboration between the LR Maritime Decarbonisation Hub and the Mærsk?Mc-Kinney?Møller?Center for Zero Carbon Shipping is a significant milestone in this journey. We look forward to working with the project partners, who each represent different areas of the supply chain, in developing guidance, risk mitigation measures?and best practice on using Ammonia so that we can support the safe uptake of the fuel.”??

Source: Lloyd’s Register

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